Sunday, 10 August 2014

Grill Bar Steak House in Johor Bahru, Taman Pelangi


I am a regular here at Grill Bar SteakHouse in Taman Pelangi. I like the ambiance, service, and of course, the delicious food here. Pricing is at a slight premium but it is worth it for the quality ingredients, and Chef Gary and his team's masterful cooking. 

Here are my earlier first, second and third posts from my previous visits to Grill Bar SteakHouse.

Our party of 6 had another gorgeous evening of food and fun during our latest round at Grill Bar :D  We all left Grill Bar very full and happy from all the great food and fun company.


We had Grill Bar's famous milkshakes while waiting for everyone to arrive. Audrey is a big fan of Grill Bar's Oreo milkshake and was recommending it strongly to everyone :D  I had the lesser evil of banana milkshake to save my calories for Grill Bar's big steaks :D

Grill Bar Steak House in Johor Bahru, Taman Pelangi.

Our dinner started with a boom with Grill Bar's signature Onion Blossom. Savoury crispy golden brown batter outside, sweet juicy, crunchy onion inside.

Sort of a novelty but customers never got tired of it because the pretty Onion Blossom tastes so good.


My Mini Lamb Bagel (beef also available). Served with Lobster Bisque Soup (RM16 per serving), Wild Truffle Mushroom Soup (RM14), or Bacon and Basil Tomato Chowder. Paired with large slices of Organic Pumpkin Chips (RM15).

My favourite is Gill Bar's Lobster Bisque Soup. The soup has a deep, rich and robust crustacean flavour and aroma. I also like the Wild Truffle Mushroom Soup for it's spongy, creamy, grainy mushroomy goodness. The mushroom soup is made with 100% mushroom cooked in it's own juices (no water added). 

(My pictures ain't doing justice to Gary's food due to dim lighting inside Grill Bar. The ambiance is perfect for diners but the warm mood lighting is a food photographer's challenge nightmare :P  )


Grill Bar's grilled tenderloin. RM125+ (10oz slab). 


Made with a thick slab of Aussie Black Angus tenderloin. Done medium rare.


Aiyoh...., Chef Gary is such a real master at grilling steak. 

I don't know what to say about this. It brought out the carnivore in me :D  Six of us at the group dinner, I devoured ate 7 out of 10oz, thanks to polite company :P

I love also the heap of spinach that came with the steak. The clump of leafy greens sponged up loads of sauce and also beefy juices from the steak. Savoury, delicious and crunchy.


Roasted Silver Codfish RM96+ (at RM12 per oz).

Gary uses only the choice tail portion of premium Norwegian Codfish to make this baked and grilled chunk of creamy, sweet and savoury fish.

Fish lovers must try this.


Country Pesto Chicken (RM45+).


The tender roasted free-range chicken roll was filled with herbal pesto sauce and savoury duck bacon.

The sweet and tender local "kampung" chicken flesh was well complemented by the more robustly savoury and grainy duck.

A favourite with the ladies in our group.


Lamb Tenderloin (RM78+). Done medium.


New Zealand lamb, marinated with herbs and grilled. New Zealand lamb is favoured as it is less gamey and more tender than lamb from Australia.

Love the grilled lamb from Grill Bar.

We rounded up our scrumptious dinner with a round of sweet desserts.


Belgium Waffle (RM12+). The squares were filled with dark and white chocolate lava.


Chocolate brownie with caramelised banana (RM12+).

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Hot Chocolate Lava (RM16+) is one of Grill Bar's hot favourites. It made the calorie conscious ladies in our group dumped their diets without persuasion .....


Creme Brulee (RM9+).

At the end of our wonderful dinner, I asked Chef Gary to share what is behind the consistently excellent dishes that Grill Bar serves.

Gary humbly and graciously gave the credit to his team, from the kitchen crew to the serving staff, many of whom had been with Grill Bar for 3 to 5 years.

Gary did not mention but I feel his careful selection of good ingredients is also a key to Grill Bar's delicious food. Not to mention Gary's passion, infectious energy, creativity and his warm friendliness which is imparted to his service staff. 

All these came together to give Grill Bar's customers a great experience.


Part of Gary's team - sister Willow and brother Anyang.

Grill Bar is definitely one of my favourite restaurants in Johor.

->> JB people's favourite steak house. The food is always good at Grill Bar.


Restaurant name: Grill Bar Steakhouse 
Address: 202, Jalan Sri Pelangi, Taman Pelangi, Johor Bahru
GPS: 1.480602,103.773548 
Hours: Mon: 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm | Wed - Fri: 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm | Sat - Sun: 12:00 noon - 10:30 pm (Closed on Tues.)
No pork, no lard, alcohol (beer only) served

Dates visited: 7 Aug 2014

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